Date:Tuesday February 14 2006
600 Wolves fans travel to Turfmoor to watch Wolves take on Burnley this evening in a very real, make or break game for Wanderers.
Following depressingly poor performances against Leicester and in particular Crewe, vice-captain Mark Kennedy spoke to the media admitting that Crewe was the worst Wolves performance he could remember for 5 years.
Something has to change, and it has to be tonight.
There is a widespread belief that apathy has set in amongst the fans, that there is almost an acceptance that the current displays on offer are our lot. We may not be happy about it, but gone is the expectation from early season that we should dominate teams, and play them off the park.
This evening, Wolves have to turn that around. The performance the fans have been promised all season has to finally be delivered. Time after time Glenn Hoddle has said that his side are on the verge of handing out a footballing lesson to the opposition. Usually after a draw, or worse, after a loss. Now time has run out.
There are only 14 games remaining for Wolves in their most crucial season for many a year. Failure to gain promotion this season will see a radical change within the structure of the team. No more high profile signings. No more internationals. No more Premiership players.
Wages will need to be cut, experienced players let go, and a reliance on youth and potential installed.
None of this is news to anyone, least of all the fans. These were the facts laid out by Jez Moxey at the start of the season. As a worst-case scenario, that has now been upgraded to a distinct possibility.
If things continue as they are.
Glenn Hoddle was part of the England squad in Mexico in 1986 that confronted manager Bobby Robson over tactics and formations, and got their wishes granted. England’s fortunes changed, up until the Hand Of God intervened.
That experience alone should have taught him that change CAN be a good thing, and that there is always room for another point of view. Whether or not he is willing to accept that now, as a manager, is a point open to debate.
Whatever Hoddle chooses to do, the one thing he has no control over is the opposition. Teams raise their game against Wolves, who in the past have received their lift from the fans. Tonight, Wolves have to lift themselves.
According to Kennedy, there is no doubt in the dressing room over what is required.The only doubt is whether or not the team now have it in them. If there is even the slightest sign of a hangover from the previous two fixtures, Burnley will feed on it, and grow strong
The character of the current squad will be shown tonight, and Wolves need to show desire, hunger and ambition. Not as individuals. As a pack.
Don’t let us down lads.
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